Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Big Craft Swish 2018

I attended my first ever Swish event last Sunday. After investigating I have found a number of craft and clothes related Swish events all around the country; get Googling for an event near you.

The idea is you pay a small entrance fee and bring a collection of craft items (or clothes) with you at a specified time. After the 'drop-off' there is time for a cup of tea whilst the organisers sort through the donations. Next is the exciting bit where you are invited back into the space for a browsing period and then finally once the Swish is formally open you get to select anything you fancy and take it home free of charge! Nifty and eco-friendly!


The event I went to was organised by the lovely Sonia from the London Craft Club at Cecil House by Regent's Park in London. I gathered a whole bunch of art and craft materials I no longer used and took home a number of lovely fabrics and zips. You get the idea if you watch this video taken at the event (where you can briefly see me with my big grey bag!).

My stash of unused art, craft and sewing supplies for the Big Craft Swish 
The very polite browsing part of the Swish



Sonia from London Craft Club explaining the respectful 'rules' of a Swish event

I met the lovely Kara (@Kara22jay) who had donated some gorgeous tweed that I acquired

Nice to catch up with Megan (PigeonWishes) who was checking out the knitting stash

My collection of Swished stuff. I was super happy with a scrap of my favourite Uniko Marimekko fabric!

The bottle green fabric is about 3 metres of very wide linen! Behind is a lovely Orla Kiely-esque furnishing weight cotton.
Colourful zips for miles!
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10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Love it when things find a good home elsewhere:)

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    1. Yes it was nice to get rid of unused craft stuff although I think it is almost impossible to return home without something to replace it with - I was determined NOT to bring back stuff but it is just too tempting to walk past such lovely free things!

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  2. This looks like so much fun and a great opportunity to exchange some of those things you probably won't use. I wish there was one of these events in the Midlands.

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    1. Hi Rosemary, follow some of the links above and I think they tell you about Swish's around the country.

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  3. What lovely fabrics you found! And I'm sure all those zips will be very useful. Sorry I couldn't make it, will keep an eye out for others as I could probably do with a bit of de-stashing.

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    1. Hi Alex, yes the zips are for the many little bags I have been making recently. It's a shame you couldn't come but there will always be another one. Actually, in Chiswick on 24th Feb there is a Swish if you fancy that?

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  4. That sounds fun! I had considered going to that but we had no trains into London last weekend. Nice fabric you picked up!

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    1. It was lots of fun Tamsin - I'm sure there will be another one soon.

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  5. So happy you blogged about this - have been thinking about fabric swaps and the like. Thanks for the links for future ones!

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    1. No worries Kate. It was such a fab event. I would defo go to another one!

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